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"if you take cranberries and stew them like applesauce they taste much more like prunes than rhubarb."
on 1 June 2016
Watching this it is hard to believe what has happened to American films which have become predictable self-satisfied examples of a great trade. These films made at the start of sound, rich in theatricality of all sorts - songs, acrobatics musical turns and some stiff acting [some fine acting too] They are performed by people who grew up in late 19th century America - they are WILD , undisciplined raucous and shot through with rebelliousness and sexual ambiguity. The exploration of just what you can get away with is a joy; the unpredictable twist ing of words conversation and the segways into physical theatre are unknown in todays stiff and uninspired film industry. I found the all astounding, all flawed and all mind teasing. Heartily recommend them for young people who have OPEN minds and hearts.
I grew up with knowledge of these films and the of The MARX BROS. Looking at them now I can see why they are so special. The past was NOT so predictable, not so straitlaced. It had a youthful desire to change defy and explore everything.
The sound quality seemed to me surprisingly good for such old and - it has to be said - battered films [On of them has vertical black threads running through it] Sad that better and more comprehensive collected editions are no available in this day and age. But time will tell.